Help and Support

If you need support or information on critical care, recovery or delirium, here are some fantastic organisations you can go to for advice, support or information:

University Hospitals Plymouth Intensive Care Unit has two wards, Penrose (general) and Pencarrow (neuro). It is one of the busiest units in the country with around 1700 admissions every year. They also have an excellent rehabilitation team, who support patients during and after admission – they have always got your back! https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/icu

#RehabLegend is a fantastic campaign! Founded by the amazing Kate Tantam (specialist sister in critical care, University Hospitals Plymouth), the campaign exists to promote anyone or anything that celebrates the little things in the journey of recovery and rehabilitation. Definitely worth a follow. https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/rehablegend

Critical Care Recovery is an excellent source of information for both patients and families. It’s full of patient stories, guides on what to expect throughout the different phases of admission and where to seek advice on various subjects. http://www.criticalcarerecovery.com

ICU Delirium is a state of intense confusion. Deliriums often manifest in nightmares but are very real to the individual. This booklet contains excellent, easy to understand information. https://icusteps.org/assets/files/booklet/delirium.pdf

ICU Steps is a UK charity that provides support and information. They have a number of guides including children’s activity booklets. They offer information on how what to expect when a patient returns home, the effects of critical illness on the body, nutrition and a useful glossary on complicated ICU terms! https://icusteps.org

If you have a friend or relative in ICU or who has been transferred from ICU, and you are unsure if they have delirium, always consult with a medical professional.

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